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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I Have 2 Website Ideas, But...

Oh no.  There's that word again.  My teenager can't complete a sentence without using that blasted 3 letter contraction.  It drives me nuts, and here I've gone and done it.  She does it because she only sees the world from her egocentric position and thinks she is always right.  On the other hand, I have a more open mind and more experience in the world so my "but" is legitimate.

Mind you, I am not making excuses either.  I really want to develop my own websites but..

You see, I have 6 kids although one is in college.  Still I spend 1 hr and 15 minutes total commute time each day and work full time.  It is 45 minutes each way to get the 4 youngest to gymnastics, and they are there 6 days each week.  I have many days when I leave the house at 6 am and don't get home until 10 pm.  I often get up at 4 or 4:30 just to have time to write what I do get done.  So I don't view these as excuses but as reality.

I am a fairly quick study.  I have often read something and been able to do it.  Occasionally it takes more time which you can see is a limited resource, especially when it comes to learning something new.  Nor am I really afraid of doing new things or failure either.

I have 2 website ideas, but I am simply thinking that time is at a premium and so I need to outsource some of the development.  Which is why I am coming to my readers for assistance in this area.  I know that several of you are more experienced than I am in development and design of websites.  Some even did this and sold on Flippa.  I have looked there for sites but would prefer to have my own project.  Plus, I trust my readers more than some of the characters I have seen on Flippa.

That is why I am soliciting bids (and especially comments regarding viability from those with more experience) for these 2 projects.  First, I would like to develop an article directory.  There have been some for sale at Flippa, but I simply don't feel comfortable purchasing from some of those individuals.  One has been up for 4 separate auctions.  Of course, not having $3000-$5000 helps make my decision as well.  I know that many sites are designed and sold for a few hundred dollars which is more my speed.

Second, I would like to develop my own authority website on financial topics.  I know that the space is crowded.  However, if you have taken the time to read most of my Hubs, you will find that it is a strong interest and passion of mine so it will be easier to work on it over a period of time than picking something I don't enjoy.

So, if you are looking for a client or could make a recommendation, I would sincerely appreciate it.  I am not in an incredible rush and should be an easy-going client.  I am also not necessarily inclined to take the lowest price but am looking for quality work at a fair price. 

I understand that you might not want to conduct business via comments so feel free to contact me privately through my HubPages profile.  It will be easy to access through the HubPages article links at the right.  Also, feel free to offer any public advice or comments on this blog to help others who are reading and may be considering their own site as well. 

I am thankful for the knowledge and expertise of my readers.  I appreciate all the encouragement so far in this journey and am looking forward to the next several steps.  So remember, I am not making excuses but simply outsourcing.  LOL!


  1. I hear you. Work smarter, not harder. I have a suggested group that you can work with. I found them on craig's list and so far am very happy with their work. I actually did this for a living (outsource web development) so I have a wealth of experience in this area. They provide a great service and the price was beyond reasonable for a template blog site. You'd have to get a quote for your specific idea.

    Also, Freddie (IWP) mentioned today he was a budding web developer. He can provide examples I'm sure. He was very knowledgeable regarding some questions I had earlier.

    Let me know if either of those works for you.

  2. @Divas,
    Thanks for your prompt response. I will be considering your recommendation and seeing who else responds over the next week or so. Then I will go from there with the next step.

  3. I have come to some of the same conclusions you have. I have begun hiring out backlinking for the main page and I will do high PR manual blog commenting myself for the inner pages, and cheap hired social bookmarking on those. That way I'm ranking main and inner pages at the same time with the same effort of my own. I'm investing money into the business now. Should have been doing that for a while now. Getting ready to hire out some content and start a second site too! I agree. Outsource and Automate!

  4. Jared,
    That's great that you are able to rank main and inner pages like that. Good luck with that second site. I wish you the best.

  5. Oh my word, too late now, I see I made two bad spelling mistakes in the previous comment. Apologies!

  6. Teresa,
    I will contact you. Not sure why the others didn't show but I did see them in email.

  7. There is a solution to your problem - its called wordpress - self-hosted. WordPress is free and some of the most flexible software I've ever seen -whether you want an article directory, and ecommerce site or a news site - it can be that - or a blog. You don't need to spending money on this type of basic technical stuff

  8. Lissie,
    Thanks for the advice. I certainly like free that's for sure. I am not sure what the implications of self-hosted mean, but I am sure I can do some reading to find out.

  9. How's your website planning by now? I agree with Lissie. I've seen a lot of people using WordPress as their stepping stone in their biz websites. My friend from Calgary has been relying on it since 2003. It's totally free. And it's a great social media connection. High profile bloggers are there. Do you have a website design already? It's important to have an effective features, too.

  10. Dominic,
    I have started a site using Weebly as my initial platform. I know that it is probably not the best solution, but the cost overall was less than what it would have cost to do hosting for a year. It seems to be working out for me so far as I have been able to focus on content.


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